Microsoft: "20% of WGA failures not caused by pirated keys"

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 05 2006 @ 00:58 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft announced that 80 percent of all Windows Genuine Advantage failures are due to unauthorized use of leaked or stolen volume license keys.
Oh, really? Turn that statistic around: Microsoft said that 20% of all Windows users who fail the WGA validation test are not using leaked or stolen keys.

So what is the reason for WGA rejecting the other 20% of Windows licenses? ComputerWorld apparently didn't ask, so I fired off an e-mail to Microsoft's PR agency, who passed along a response from Cori Hartje, Director of Microsoft Genuine Software Initiative:

While we will don't have specifics to share on other forms counterfeit installations, they mostly result from activities such as various forms of tampering and unauthorized OEM installations..
Read more over at ZD Net.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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